Interview with Gertrude Benedict, June 8, 1987

Project: Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project

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Gertrude Benedict shares childhood memories of her brother Wilson Wyatt, and discusses their parents. She discusses his early career, in particular his interest in law, his liberalism, and his marriage to Anne Kinnard Duncan in 1930. Benedict describes her brother's campaigns for mayor of Louisville, Kentucky in 1941 and for lieutenant governor of Kentucky in 1959, touching on the factionalism of the Democratic Party involving Happy Chandler, Earle Clements, and Bert Combs that forced Wyatt to step down from seeking the governorship. Benedict explains the priority of public service and the necessity of private life for her brother, names his service as housing administrator in Washington, D.C. from 1945 to 1947 as his greatest accomplishment, and discusses the guilt he felt for letting his work keep him from his family.

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1987oh068_www013

Interviewee Name

Gertrude Benedict

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1987-06-08

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Benedict, Gertrude Interview by William Cooper. 08 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Benedict, G. (1987, June 08). Interview by W. Cooper. Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Benedict, Gertrude, interview by William Cooper. June 08, 1987, Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr. Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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